CSR Initiatives and Technology


Mr V. P. Agrawal, Chairman, AAI with “Asia’s Best CSR Practice Award— 2013” conferred upon AAI in Singapore on August 1

The Airports Authority of India received the 3rd Asia Best CSR Practice Award 2013 organized by CMO Asia at an inspiring event held on August 1 at the Pan Pacific, Singapore. The award is one of the highest recognitions for corporate organizations anywhere in Asia. It is bestowed on those organizations that have made a significant and positive impact on the lives of people around them.

The AAI received the award in the Developing Sustainable Strategies category. AAI’s long-term initiative for the integrated use of eco-friendly handcrafted recycled paper and paper products within the entire organization has thus been recognized at the international level.

Within AAI, the recycled paper production project has been driven by Mrs. Archna Agrawal, President, Kalyanmayee who pioneered the inception of this project. Under her leadership, Kalyanmayee has significantly contributed towards establishing a paper recycling project at New Delhi and making AAI the very first PSU in India to establish a Paper Recycling Unit to support the cause G.R.O.W. (Government Recycled Office Waste).

The award conferred upon AAI was received by Shri Manoj Kumar, AGM (HR) on behalf of Mr V P Agrawal, Chairman, AAI. This award is one of the Asia’s highest recognitions for corporate organisations that have made a significant and positive impact on the lives of people around them with CSR programmes that reflect the company’s commitment to and respect for communities, environment and the people. AAI was recognized for the Award as a result of its innovative and successful work in the area of environment management.

The use of recycled papers has brought in a change in the corporate culture within the organization—inculcating and promoting resource minimization, recycling and reuse of waste paper and contributing to environment conservation in a meaningful way. Driven by the concept of promoting better practices for environment conservation, AAI in association with Kalyanmayee started this unique initiative in 2009.


Shri K. N. Srivastava, Secretary, MoCA, handing over GAGAN Certification documents to Shri Arun Mishra, DGCA in the presence of Shri. V. P. Agrawal, Chairman, AAI (Right)

In August, the GAGAN programme received a major boost and crossed yet another milestone following the of GAGAN Certification Documents by Mr K.N.Srivastava, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation.

They were received by Mr Arun Mishra, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in the presence of Mr V.P. Agrawal, Chairman, AAI at a function organized by the Airports Authority of India at its corporate headquarters in New Delhi.

Over 150 documents / artefacts prepared for GAGAN from the stage of its initial conception to the stage of operational testing and evaluation, and reviews conducted by expert groups were on display. Sh. V. Somasundaram, Member (Air Navigational Services), briefing on the occasion, stated that the development of documents were due to the collective effort of ISRO, AAI and DGCA for the past four years and is a milestone for Certification process of GAGAN. The GAGAN certification process is the first unique exercise where the regulator, DGCA officials have worked in tandem with service providers and system developers to reach the current milestone. India will soon have the GAGAN operationalized, initially meeting the RNP (Required Navigation Performance) specifications of 0.1 for en-route and non-precision approach operations. Subsequently GAGAN will be operationalized for approach with vertical approach guidance with ILS-like approaches to most of the runway ends. GAGAN will be the fourth operational SBAS in the world leading Indian Aviation into the era of GNSS.

Mr Srivastava, Secretary, MoCA, complemented the entire team for the milestone progress.

He urged DGCA and AAI to take up with the airline operators for appropriate aircraft equipage to ensure the preparation of successful business models and also to implement time-bound plans. The market for GAGAN beyond aviation is large and Mr Srivastava stated that appropriate business models are required to be developed to ensure benefits of technology to reach wherever the signal-in space is available for such use. He also stated that GAGAN expansion program outside India should be taken up for ensuring seamless GAGAN services availability within the Asia-Pacific region.


August 2013

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